DALLAS — As a barrage of bullets sprayed out of a dark blue van that was being used to stage a brazen assault on Dallas police headquarters early Saturday morning, even witnesses recognized that this was no ordinary form of transportation.
The beast of a van — sold just days ago — eerily lived up to how it was advertised on Facebook, where it was touted as a "Zombie apocalypse assault vehicle" with "gun ports" capable of "drive-by mow-downs" and full armor and bulletproof windows "just in case someone might try to take this bad boy from you."
Investigators suspect the van may have formerly belonged to a sheriff's office in Georgia before it was decommissioned and sold off. It was most recently sold by Jenco Sales out of Georgia. We couldn't reach the business owner.
The van was sold on eBay. The buyer paid $8,250 for the Ford van. At one point — even when there were no competing offers — that bidder increased the offer from $6,000 to $7,000, and then to $8,000.
The used van held up in what Dallas police Chief David Brown described as the "helter skelter" shootout at police headquarters, but he noted the vehicle was not invincible.
"Our SWAT snipers shot out the engine block of the suspect vehicle with our .50-caliber sniper rifle," he said.
The van was stopped and later set ablaze, ending this public safety nightmare. But law enforcement sources say there are more of these vehicles still up for sale online.